Do I need a SIM card in Mexico?

Old Feb 19th, 2023, 10:25 AM
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Do I need a SIM card in Mexico?

We have the T-mobile phone plan for seniors. Weíre going to Mexico in a few days. Will we want to get a SIM card (we have a spare phone) or will our phone plan be adequate? I donít expect to be making/receiving phone calls from the US but itís always nice to have service.
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Old Feb 19th, 2023, 06:25 PM
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I suppose check with your carrier? To see if your specific T mobile plan has a Mexico roaming feature? While you may not need to or want to make or receive calls from the US, having some Mexican data & Mexico calls available can be very helpful. Like for texts & whatsapps from or to businesses, hotels, restaurants etc. And of course data for Uber. And while in the minority, some restaurants only have QR codes to access their menu. And Google maps is very handy, even if you're not driving. I use it often to check not just locations, but store/restaurant/museum hours/reviews etc even if it's not always 100% accurate. My Telcel Mexico plan is only $15 US/month ($299 mxn) and has unlimited whatsapp, Facebook & twitter, 2 gig of data and unlimited calls to US & Mťxico. I'm pretty sure you can get a similarly, if not identically, priced plan/sim card at any Telcel shop. They're pretty ubiquitous. The telcel stores & resellers that is. You can also buy one on Amazon US ahead if time, but they're about $35 US.

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Old Feb 19th, 2023, 07:34 PM
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Our T-Mobile senior plan worked fine in Mexico City and Oaxaca, but we didn't use it much.
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Old Feb 20th, 2023, 03:05 AM
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Thanks, baldone and Fra.

I’ll call today. I’m not interested in having to make phone calls, but it’s the speed for the data that I’m interested in. We have an extra phone and might just get a SIM card to be on the safe side.
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Old Mar 13th, 2023, 04:07 PM
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FYI - my T-Mobil plan allowed free calls and texts and worked well for Google maps. When spending the day taking photos with my iPhone and then using it for Google maps or other internet use, I had to make sure to carry a portable charger with me to get through the day. But T-mobil service worked well.
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